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No confidence vote

December 2021 South Australia’s parliament has passed a vote of no confidence in Deputy Premier Vickie Chapman. It is the first time a minister has lost the confidence of the lower house. According to the ABC, the vote came hours after a parliamentary inquiry recommended Ms Chapman be found “guilty of contempt of parliament, for misleading the house”. The inquiry also found Ms Chapman had a conflict of interest in exercising her power as Planning Minister to refuse a port on Kangaroo Island. Rachael Gray QC, the lawyer leading the inquiry into Ms Chapman’s refusal of a deep sea port on Kangaroo Island, has made the recommendations on the final day of a two-week committee looking into whether she had a conflict of interest. Ms Chapman has vehemently denied she had a conflict in making the decision as Planning Minister. The committee heard Ms Chapman owned land across the road from a forest which would have been felled if the port went ahead. Dr Gray said Ms Chapman should have had “some doubt” as to whether or not she had a conflict and she “should have at least reported it to Premier”. “The Premier, pursuant to the ministerial code of conduct, has a responsibility to address any failure to disclose a conflict of interest,” Dr Gray said. Former Liberal MPs Sam Duluk and Troy Bell sided with fellow crossbenchers Frances Bedford and Geoff Brock and Labor to pass the no-confidence motion 23 votes to 22. ”I have made myself extraordinarily clear on the issue of Vickie Chapman, for weeks and weeks and weeks. She enjoys my 100 per cent support”, Premier Marshall said He pointed out the two Liberal MPs on the parliamentary committee investigating Ms Chapman’s decision did not agree with the inquiry’s findings. However, South Australian Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas called on the Premier to remove Ms Chapman from her position. Ms Chapman’s decision to block the Kangaroo Island port development has now been referred to the State Ombudsman, and Mr Marshall said he’s waiting for that report. Ms Chapman has resigned as deputy premier and stood aside as a minister while the state ombudsman investigates. She has been replaced by Adelaide Hills backbencher Josh Teague as South Australia’s Attorney-General.
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No confidence vote

December 2021 South Australia’s parliament has passed a vote of no confidence in Deputy Premier Vickie Chapman. It is the first time a minister has lost the confidence of the lower house. According to the ABC, the vote came hours after a parliamentary inquiry recommended Ms Chapman be found “guilty of contempt of parliament, for misleading the house”. The inquiry also found Ms Chapman had a conflict of interest in exercising her power as Planning Minister to refuse a port on Kangaroo Island. Rachael Gray QC, the lawyer leading the inquiry into Ms Chapman’s refusal of a deep sea port on Kangaroo Island, has made the recommendations on the final day of a two-week committee looking into whether she had a conflict of interest. Ms Chapman has vehemently denied she had a conflict in making the decision as Planning Minister. The committee heard Ms Chapman owned land across the road from a forest which would have been felled if the port went ahead. Dr Gray said Ms Chapman should have had “some doubt” as to whether or not she had a conflict and she “should have at least reported it to Premier”. “The Premier, pursuant to the ministerial code of conduct, has a responsibility to address any failure to disclose a conflict of interest,” Dr Gray said. Former Liberal MPs Sam Duluk and Troy Bell sided with fellow crossbenchers Frances Bedford and Geoff Brock and Labor to pass the no-confidence motion 23 votes to 22. ”I have made myself extraordinarily clear on the issue of Vickie Chapman, for weeks and weeks and weeks. She enjoys my 100 per cent support”, Premier Marshall said He pointed out the two Liberal MPs on the parliamentary committee investigating Ms Chapman’s decision did not agree with the inquiry’s findings. However, South Australian Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas called on the Premier to remove Ms Chapman from her position. Ms Chapman’s decision to block the Kangaroo Island port development has now been referred to the State Ombudsman, and Mr Marshall said he’s waiting for that report. Ms Chapman has resigned as deputy premier and stood aside as a minister while the state ombudsman investigates. She has been replaced by Adelaide Hills backbencher Josh Teague as South Australia’s Attorney-General.
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Adelaide, South Australia